Bindi Irwin’s Dancing with the Stars dance on episode 4 moved the audience to tears, and now she is opening up about how difficult the performance was and the inspiration behind it — her late father, Steve Irwin.
She’s had a lot of great performances during her time on the show, but during an interview with Today Show host Lisa Wilkinson, Irwin revealed that the dance for her dad — which she performed to The Police’s “Every Breath You Take” — was her favourite, although it was “tough.”
“It was really tough, it’s reaching a place that you hadn’t even thought about,” she explained. “You kind of just push things aside and push things away.”
“My absolute favourite performance was for ‘Most Memorable Year,’ which was the dance I did for my dad,” she told Wilkinson, adding, “That night was special just because it meant so much to me and to all of us [her family], because it was for dad.”
But Irwin proved she is wise beyond her years, as she spoke about the relationship between grief and happiness — and her comments are truly inspiring.
After her performance, Irwin broke down and started crying, but she was happy to be able to share her raw emotion with the world.
“I think what was great was that I was able to just pour light in on that spot and let the emotion out and share it with everyone else,” she explained. “And it’s OK to take the grief journey and it is OK to feel that emotion, but what is important — it is about picking yourself up afterwards and remembering you can be happy afterwards.”
And what would Irwin think of his little girl dancing her heart out? Bindi “hopes he’d be proud.”
She continued, “Everything that I do in life is to make him proud, and to make sure everything that he worked so hard for carries on.”
Irwin is definitely in the running to win the mirror ball trophy, and I, for one, would love to see her be victorious.